Twelve Terrific Tips That Top Travelers Trust


  1. Print copies of your itineraries when traveling abroad
  2. How to avoid jetlag
  3. Carry a sheet printed in the local language with the name and address of your hotel
  4. How to predict things will go awry before they actually do
  5. Travel with a compact power strip
  6. Shoulder seasons are best for hotel upgrades
  7. How to get into a sold out hotel.
  8. How to prevent – and recover – lost luggage
  9. How to ask for an upgrade
  10. How to get help during irregular flight operations
  11. Saving on foreign currency when traveling abroad
  12. Always wear shoes when visiting the airplane lavatory

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. I have a new (to me) app called word lens. Point it at a sign or menu item written in a foreign language and it translates it right on the image. Several languages available for download.

  2. One more thing on the foreign currency. When at LHR or AMS, take your leftover paper currency and put it on your starbucks card. You’ll get bank rate conversion with no fee.

  3. I would add something else to #5: Buy a portable battery pack, like the 10,000 mAh Anker pack from Amazon with two USB ports. If that’s too big (physically), there’s a 5,600mAh version that’s pocket-sized.

    It might not charge a laptop, but it’s more than enough to charge a phone or tablet several times over. My 10k mAh Anker saved my life during Comic Con last year when I stayed in a hostel where everyone else had taken a power outlet for their own charging needs.

    I also bring it whenever my family goes to a theme park, or to any social/networking event, etc.

  4. Aside from ensuring that a copy of my passport is always in my bag and with a family member not travelling with me, I don’t bring any printed documentation. In a much wider sense, I don’t get the obsession with printing things. I have both of the things you suggest ready to hand on my phone, and this does come in handy sometimes (like taxis and the like). But do we really need to be printing things so much? It seems so 20th century. 🙂

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